‘Lot o’ Shakespeare’ Thursday at CLC
Tim Mooney will performs his one-man William Shakespeare show, “Lot o’ Shakespeare,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Dryden Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Inside a drum are balls with the title of each of the Bard’s 38 plays and many of his sonnets. In lottery fashion, Mooney performs a monologue or sonnet at random. The audience plays along with bingo-style “Iago” cards and wins prizes. Mooney has incredible versatility, unmatched energy and amazing performance talent. Admission is $12.50 for general public and $7 for CLC students. Seating is general admission.
Children’s author to make appearance
PEQUOT LAKES — The Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Crosslake Early Childhood Coalition will be hosting its literacy kick-off event Tuesday, featuring children’s author and illustrator Nancy Carlson at the Eagle View Elementary School. The event is part the coalition’s goal to get “Everybody Reading.”
The first 100 families to register for the event will receive a free book written by Carlson. A light supper will be served at 5:30 p.m., Carlson will present at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level gymnasium and activity stations from 7-8 p.m. To register call (218) 568-9200. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Carlson has published more then 60 books. The comic books she loved to read as a child have influenced her style of drawing and use of color. Many of Carlson’s stories are taken from her own childhood experiences.
Carlson graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in print making. Recognition for her published work includes several Reading Rainbow selections, the Children’s Choice Award from the International Reading Association and the Children’s Book Council, the Minnesota Children’s Museum Great Friends to Kids Award and several others.
Hallett Library $1,000 Contest Winner
CROSBY — The Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library (JFHML) has announced that it is the random drawing March winner for the national contest “Sisters in Crime - We Love Libraries” money giveaway. This is the first time a library in Minnesota has won. The cash award of $1,000 will be used to purchase books for the library.
The money will be awarded at a special Author Talk, sponsored by the JFHML Friends Foundation, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 15 at the library. Minnesota mystery author William Kent Krueger of the The Cork O’Connor series and Erin Hart of Nora Gavin and Cormac Maguire Ireland series will be at the event.
The winning entry was a photograph which needed to include two staff members from the library and feature three Mystery Writers from North America. Crosby’s photo of Karen Vukonich and Sharon Beaman includes three titles by Minnesota Mystery writers; Hart, Joan Drury and Krueger.
For more information contact the library at (218) 546-8005 or www.hallettlibrary.org.
BHS football team honored with exhibit
Art Matters Studio and Gallery, located inside the Franklin Arts Center, will honor the 2011 Brainerd High School Warrior football team from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, at the opening of “Portraits,” photographs made from thousands of pictures taken during the 2011 football season.
“Portraits” will be on exhibit through June 30. After Sunday, call John Erickson at 330-1780 to arrange to see the exhibition. Although exhibited and for sale photographs are from the 2011 season, photographs from prior seasons also will be available.
BHS arts and
The Brainerd High School’s spring arts and crafts festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12. More than 150 exhibitors will be at the festival. There is no admission.
The festival is sponsored by Brainerd School District Community Education, a non-profit organization.
For more information contact Mary T. Miller at 454-6926.
Five Wings Arts Council (FWAC) announces that the deadline for grant opportunities for arts projects to be May 15.
The council is accepting applications from individual artists, arts organizations, schools and sponsors of community arts activities in Cass, Crow Wing, Wadena, Morrison and Todd Counties for projects starting July 1 or after. Grant funds will be distributed from the general operating, Community Arts Access Projects, School Art Projects, individual artisan and individual apprentice grant programs. The projects will be reviewed June 26.
Small grant applications for first-time organization applicants or new opportunities may be submitted at any time, as can Student Artist/Mentor applications.
Funding is made possible by the Legacy Amendment and the McKnight Foundation. For more information, visit the FWAC website at www.fwac.org or call (877) 654-2166.
ARAC awards ceremony scheduled
AITKIN — Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s (ARAC) 14th annual art award ceremony will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. May 18 at Jaques Art Center in Aitkin.
Artists and arts organizations from the community and surrounding area who received support from the ARAC in the past will be recognized. The George Morrison Artist Award will be presented to nationally recognized, Native American poet, essayist, writer and playwright Jim Northrup of Sawyer. The Maddie Simons Advocate Award will be presented to Jerry and Cherie Holm of Aitkin, the founding members of the Jaques Art Center, community activists and statewide arts advocates and arts supporters.
The ARAC will recognize the following past and present grantees at this ceremony: Great River Strings, Aitkin County Friends of the Arts, Jaques Art Center, Aitkin Community Education, Rippleside Elementary School, all in Aitkin; and
Advancement of Rural Talents, Inc. (A.R.T.s) and Independent School District 4 McGregor Public Schools, both in McGregor; and individual artist Stephanie Mirocha.
GRAA celebrates membership week
LITTLE FALLS — The Great River Arts Association (GRAA) is hosting a week of fun activities that demonstrate the diversity of their programming and commitment to the community starting Saturday to celebrate the month of May, which is its Membership Appreciation Month.
GRAA will host its annual Party for the Arts from 7-11 p.m. Saturday with a Cinco de Mayo theme, that will include Mexican inspired foods, drinks and entertainment. Following dinner and the art auction, local rock band, Brother’s Tone will perform from 9-11 p.m. Tickets for this event, and raffle tickets are on sale at the Great River Arts Center and Reality Roasters.
On Sunday, GRAA is hosting The Cherry Orchard Project’s free voice and performance workshop from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Great River Arts Center. The free voice and physical comedy workshop is lead by Luverne Seifert, a professional actor and trainer, and Darcey Engen, a professional actor trainer and Chair of Theatre Arts at Augsburg College. The workshop will explore creating comedic characters through games, clowning techniques and improvisation. All ability levels are welcome and encouraged, but it is limited to ages 16 and up.
Immediately following the workshop, anyone interested will have the opportunity to audition for roles in a professional production happening in Little Falls. The Cherry Orchard Project will be casting two to four actors to play speaking roles alongside professional actors. The production will run from July 18-22 and take place at the Historic Musser Mansion at Linden Hills. The Minnesota State Arts Board sponsors the workshop and the summer performance.
To register for the workshop and set an audition email Darcy Engen at email@example.com.
From 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, the center plays host to the Senior Health and Lifestyle Event, sponsored by Gabriel Media. There will be informational vendor booths for seniors. This event is free. For more information, contact Denise@Spirit929.com.
The center host Open Studio for Teens from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Teens whose families are members of Great River Arts get in for free during the membership week.
Get introduced to the Art of Massage will be held from 12-2 p.m. Wednesday with free mini chair massages at the center. The massages are provided by HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab. Participants are asked to make an appointment for a massage by calling Michelle at (320) 632-0960.
To end the week, GRAA is partnering with the Little Falls Area High School Art Club for Family Art Day. The Art Club is raising money for a teacher whose father is fighting cancer, and are volunteering their time to teach the monthly family-geared art project. There will also be a silent auction taking place during the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Art Club to help with their fund raising efforts for their teacher’s family. A suggested donation of $3-5 is asked to participate in Family Art Day, but no one will be turned away.
For more information visit www.greatart.org or call (320) 632-0960.
Soaring with the Lone Eagle exhibit enhancement debuts at Lindbergh Historic Site
LITTLE FALLS — The Charles A. Lindbergh State Historic Site will be launching a new value-added exhibit enhancement this spring. Through this enhancement, visitors will be able to “fly” with Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927, and use their own imagination and skills to retrace Lindbergh’s most famous flight in his airplane, The Spirit of St. Louis.
The Spirit of St. Louis flight enhancement puts the visitor “there” to trace the historic flight, by sitting in the cockpit and taking an interacting “flight” into history. The authenticity of the cockpit and plane frame will be retained in all its present details. Added to this will be action, noise and changing circumstances of the actual flight: Take-off, crossing the Atlantic, battling ice and landing at LeBourget Airport in Paris, France.
Designed with school-age visitors in mind, the exhibit:
• Helps support the site’s educational message that Lindbergh was an ordinary person who grew up on a small farm in central Minnesota and became an extraordinary person — largely due to his imagination and determination to ask why, why not and what if. The exhibit will excite young visitors to do the same.
• Makes the current museum educational programs much more interactive. The program Under the Lone Eagle’s Wings meets state academic standards in social studies (grades K-3) and history (grades 4-8).
• Asks the user to problem solve, think creatively, adjust to circumstances and learn history by participating in it.
• Using technology greatly assist today’s students in understanding the significance of Lindbergh’s flights and their relevance in the 21st century.
For more information, call the Charles A. Lindbergh State Historic Site at (320) 616-5421.
CLC photo contest winners announced
The 45th annual Central Lakes College (CLC) Photo Contest in Brainerd was one of the largest, with 72 photographers from 33 communities entering 490 photographs.
The contest included nine categories: Landscape, portrait, action, creative, birds, animals, flowers, children, and the theme category “Everything Under the Sun.”
Photographers from 13 communities were recognized for their Best of Show images.
Jamie Birkedahl of Nisswa, a CLC student and 2009 Brainerd High School graduate, received Best of Show in the Everything Under the Sun theme category with a narrow landscape of a sunrise viewed from inside a cave.
Thea Romann, Perham, received the Best of Show Runner-up in the theme category for a hot orange sun appearing to be melting with the melted reflection on a lake.
Due to the large number of entries, each color category received a Best of Subject award. John Nielsen, Baxter, received this award for “Animals,” with a picture of two romping grizzly bear cubs.
Samantha Laderer, a CLC photography student from Motley, received the award for children with a young child pulling off an unwanted flower bandana. Ann Marie Lamser, Brainerd, received the award for flowers with a close-up of a white lily.
Michael Perkins, Nisswa, received the award for birds with a close-up of a soaring bald eagle, in full wing span. He also received a Judge’s Award for this photo.
The Best of Subject in action was awarded to CLC photography student Nick Weeks, Buffalo, for a scene of a rodeo cowboy being bucked off a bronco. Jessina Van Uden, received the award for creative of a close-up of a lone fishing bobber creating ripples in still blue water. Megan Maki, a CLC photography student from Crookston, received the award for portrait of two young ladies pretending to hitch a ride on a freight train.
Sandy Arcand, Crosby, received the award for landscape of a hidden stream seen through trees in full bloom in the spring. She also received a Judge’s Award for this photo.
Two other Judge’s Awards were given to Perkins for a duck swimming into a grassy shoreline and to Dawn Pierce, a CLC photography student from Brainerd, for a close-up of a rapid waterfall streaming over mossy rocks.
Best of Theme, Everything Under the Sun in black and white was awarded to Marcia Flood, Aitkin, for a Monarch butterfly on a flower blossom.
Other black and white awards for Best in Show went to CLC photography student Abraham Kretzman, Brainerd, for a close-up of a bobcat; and Best in Show Runner-up to Jennifer Salvevold, a CLC photography student from Breezy Point, for a creative photo of the front grill on a classic rusted car.
Other Best of Subject in black and white were awarded as follows: Barbara Heimer, Brainerd, in the flower category for a close-up of a white daisy; Alyssa Wagner, a CLC photography student from Clarissa, in the children category for three children running down a muddy road carrying sticks; Tina Hawks, Brainerd, in the action category for a young girl tossing leaves in the air; Kim Bollig, a CLC Communication Art and Design student from Aldrich, in the portrait category for a sepia tone of a man and his dog; and Bill Kuehl, Nisswa, in the landscape category for a sun bursting through a snowy birch forest.
Author named finalist in Minnesota book contest
“Tumbled Dry,” a first collection of poetry published by author, Charmaine Donovan, Brainerd, is a finalist in the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards. Eligible books must substantially represent the northeastern Minnesota with regards to its heritage, history, culture or lifestyle. The 24th Annual Awards will be presented on May 17 at University of Minnesota Duluth.
Donovan has poetry forthcoming in Volume 21 of The Talking Stick. She also has poems which has received preliminary acceptance in the anthologies, “Gratitude Prayers” and “The Joys of Grandparenting.”
CLC bands to present ‘By Request’ concert
The Central Lakes College (CLC) Music Department will present “By Request,” an instrumental showcase of what band members have chosen to play, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Chalberg Theater in Brainerd.
This year’s spring instrumental concert will feature the CLC Jazz Ensemble and the Community Band.
Featured jazz musicians to be featured in a six-song set are saxophone players Mike Bender, Crosby; Dominic O’Reilly, Brainerd; Isaac Armstrong, Pine River; and Chris Arvidson, New York Mills; drummer Anton Switajewski, Willmar; trombone player Steve Anderson, Merrifield; trumpet player Sue Kavanaugh, East Gull Lake; pianist Katherine Torbert, Little Falls; and guitarist Greg Botts, Pine River.
The tunes include “Manteca” by Dizzie Gillespie, “Makin’ Whoopee” by Gus Kahn and W. Donaldson, “Concerto for Cootie” by Duke Ellington, “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” by Count Basie, “Take the A Train” by Billy Strayhorn, and “Birdland” by Josef Zawinul.
The 56-member Community Band will perform six numbers and feature the infamous trombone section in the opening “Lassus Trombones” by Henry Fillmore. The finale is “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Admission to the concert is $5 for adults. CLC students with identification and children 12 and under are free. There are no reserved seats and no advanced tickets sold. Seating is first-come, first-served. For information contact Anderson at 855-8215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Band member are from Aitkin, Marie Gordon, Kyle Hanson; Backus, Richard Salzwedel, Meredith Sternaman; Baxter, Dave Borash, John Raboin, Robert Bauer, Bonnie Groneberg, Doug Durant, Claudtette Kitzman; Brainerd, Robin Myers, Adam Marcotte, Cameron Trott, Julie Mudgett, Cathy Dens, Barb Stokke, JoAnn Norman, Kristina Myers, Joe McGown, Jennie Planer, Brian Dyer, Nathan Bollig, Jon Crust, Ashley Deem, Jessica Dieter, Jim Anderson, Jerry Swanson, Judy Swenson, Justin Jordan, Cassidy Trott, Carol Ellerbush, Rick Fellman, Diana Fellman, Patricia Anderson; Crosby, Mike Bender; Deer River, Dick Gunderson; Deerwood, Nicole McGillis; East Gull Lake, Jennifer Fundine, Bob Allan; Fort Ripley, Shantel Koering; Little Falls, Katherine Torbert; New York Mills, Chris Arvidson; Pillager, Shawn Kobs; Pine River, Sarah Jo Armstrong, Chris Bolstad, Frank Milo, Isaac Armstrong, Bruce Kaiser; Staples, Pat Ryle, Derek Prindle; Swanville, Michelle Miller; Wadena, Melissa Evans, Harriet Anderson, Drew Larson; and Walker, Darrel Rodebuhr.
Jazz Ensemble members are from Baxter, Kitzman; Brainerd, Dominic O’Reilly, Borash, Suzy Cavalier, Swanson, Durant, Bollig; Crosby, Bender; East Gull Lake, Kavanaugh.; Little Falls, Torbert; Merrifield, Steve Anderson; New York Mills, Arvidson; Pillager, Kobs; Pine River, Greg Botts, Isaac Armstrong; Swanville, Miller; and Willmar, Switajewski.
‘The Lighter Side’ scheduled Saturday
STAPLES — The Staples Area Men’s Chorus will wrap up their 2011-12 season with a concert, titled “The Lighter Side,” to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Landmark Inn in Staples.
“After a busy year with some pretty heavy music, we decided to perform some lighter literature in a more relaxed atmosphere,” said Steve Hoemberg, chorus director. The concert will include hors d’oeuvres as part of the ticket price, with beverages available through donation as well. Unlike a typical “stand-up concert,” this event is designed to be more social, allowing the audience to relax and enjoy the goodies during the concert itself, all the while mingling with the men of the chorus. The Landmark Inn is a smaller venue, meaning a full house is around a 100 people or so organizers encourage people to get tickets right away. Tickets can be purchased from chorus members, or from Staples Wireless.
Annual Regional Art Show is open
NEW YORK MILLS — The annual Regional Art Show will be on exhibit at the gallery of the
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center now through May 23.
More than 120 oil and acrylic paintings, ceramics, mixed media, photographs and prints by more than 60 individual artists make up this annual exhibit of local artists.
A reception in honor of the artists will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.
The oil painting “Sunday Musicians” by Virginia Marr of Fargo; “Vanessa,” an oil painting by Myron Sahlberg of Alexandria; and the acrylic “Airing Dirty Laundry” by Menagha artist Dawn Rossbach are representative examples of the work in this show.
NEW YORK MILLS — John McCutcheon will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. May 10 at the New York Mills Cultural Center, with a performance of songs and instrumental wizardry. McCutcheon plays the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and several percussion instruments, including the body of the performer himself.
Admission is $15 advance reservation and $18 at the door and Cultural Center members receive a $2 discount on their tickets. For tickets call (218) 385-3339.
Book about Brainerd may appear on Reader’s Digest
A story submitted by Ana Falkenreck from Brainerd, describing what makes Brainerd America’s Most Interesting Town is being considered by Reader’s Digest. If selected, Brainerd may be featured on the cover of an upcoming print and digital edition of Reader’s Digest.
Falkenreck’s Story: “Far North From Normal,” is about a California girl, (born and raised) and how she ended up slugging cement and playing carpenter at her husband’s family home in “dinky, podunkville, Brainerd, Minnesota-during her honeymoon, no less?!” The girl never figured she’d fall in love with the place.
This submission is part of the Reader’s Digest We Hear You America: America’s Most Interesting Town contest. Reader’s Digest wants to hear from Americans, in 150 words or less, what makes their town interesting. One story about an American town will be selected by the editors of Reader’s Digest, and that town will be featured on the cover of the magazine and the author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
In addition, the Reader’s Digest editorial staff also will select 10 other stories to be highlighted based on specific categories: America’s Most Interesting Town parade, event, nickname, scenic view, family, legend, trivia, funny story, character and landmark.
Americans can also cast votes online each week for the town they think is most interesting in America based on the essays submitted. Each week, the town that receives the most votes will be declared We Hear You America: America’s Most Interesting Town by Popular Vote. These towns also will be mentioned in upcoming print and digital edition of the magazine.
People are invited to submit their stories, photos and votes through May 31 at ReadersDigest.com/America.
For more information, call Kristin Yuzuik, G.S. Schwartz & Co. P.R. Agency at (212) 725-4500 extension 329.
‘Heroes of the Uprising’ released
Aitkin author Michael Keigan announces the release of his book “Heroes of the Uprising.”
“Heroes of the Uprising” is about the Minnesota Dakota Uprising of 1862. Keigan researched documents from the Minnesota Historical Society, and books and periodicals from the time period surrounding the event for the book.
In 1862, a mere four years after becoming a state, the Dakota Uprising was a watershed event that would affect Minnesota at all levels. The tenacity and stoicism of the settlers and pioneers would be tested; but, so too, the survival of the Eastern Dakota and their society, all were in the balance. The Uprising was one of the many chapters in the “story” of the American Indian wars that occurred across the western United States up into the 1890s. However, the Dakota Uprising was largely overshadowed by a greater conflict that was occurring in the East, the Civil War.
Keigan said this book is an attempt to relay the events surrounding the Uprising, before, during and immediately after. The author tried to shift the focus of the story off of the battles slightly and to highlight the heroes that emerged during the Uprising.
The book can be found on the author’s website at keigankraft.com, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center in Aitkin recently held its annual meeting and volunteer appreciation meeting, where Dan Borseth was given a print as a thank you for serving as the president of the board.
Barden Heft was elected president of the board and elected officers were Jerry Holm, president elect; Mary Beal, secretary; and Cherie Holm, treasurer.